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In the year…73 AD
High above the wind swept Judean desert floor,
overlooking the dead sea, stands the fortress of doom.
Far below on the sun baked plains, fifteen thousand
Centurions prepare to make their final assault
at noon.

A thousand patriots lay dead or dying from their own hand,
rather than  surrender to the yoke of Rome's homeland.

For three long years the Patriots stood defying the Roman
tyrants to the end and fought bravely.
But now…
all preferring death over slavery.

Long live freedom…
no matter the cost!

Jackie R. Kays

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